5 Book series that would make good TV shows

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September 6, 2016 by Zoƫ


Animorphs by K. A. Applegate

Much discussion has gone on in the fandom over the years about how Animorphs could be adapted for the screen and which plot points should or should not be left out. I won’t get into all of it here, but in my opinion Animorphs would work much better as a movie, or even a series of movies. I know there was a laughably bad one (now available on Netflix!) before, but imagine what it could be if the project was handed a budget like Game of Thrones’s. It would be amazing. Age the characters up, make it dark, and go for it.


The Old Kingdom by Garth Nix

Again, we’re talking about the budget of Game of Thrones, but think about this one. It combines the high fantasy element with zombies. And the world is so rich that you could do so much in a TV show: new plots, new characters, new time periods (see Clariel). While Animorphs will always be number one in my heart, I think an Old Kingdom adaptation might work even better. As long as it was done well. Really, really well.


Southern Reach by Jeff VanderMeer

I found these books intriguging and creepy, but was really disappointed with how everything was tied up. Despite this, I think they would make for good TV. You could have different seasons following different explanations of Area X, including ones that we only see in flashbacks. And why not flash all the way back to when the lighthouse was actually a lighthouse? There’s a lot of material to be used here and it could all be fairly well contained in individual seasons with an overarching plot.


Jessica Darling by Megan McCafferty, The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot, Alice by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

These are all basically high school (and then college) dramas. They’re all pretty long (especially the Alice books, but also Princess Diaries), and they all have lots of juice drama and amusing characters (especially Princess Diaries and Jessica Darling). These wouldn’t need as much of a budget and they’d become something like Gilmore Girls, scaling up or down on the moralistic plot points, depending on the series.


Bunnicula by Deborah and James Howe

Okay, stay with me on this one, but think about it. This would be a great cartoon. Harold narrating the opening and closing sequences. The humans shown only from the knees down (okay, maybe only sometimes). Chester being sarcastic. I can totally see this. Actually, after drafting this, I Googled it and it turns out there is a cartoon that just started airing this year! Great minds think alike.

Meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

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One thought on “5 Book series that would make good TV shows

  1. […] but I’m nevertheless pretty excited. I listed this series as one that I thought would make a good TV show, but this series in particularly would also work well as a set of movies. I have my complaints […]

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